Tattooed Woman Painting
Two days ago I watched a documentary on "the cultural history of drugs" featuring among others Tobias Churton and of course Crowley was mentioned quite a bit. For a few seconds - while his paintings at Cefalu were briefly discussed - this picture was displayed. I never saw it before. Does anyone know about the origin, whereabouts and title of the painting? Or do I have to contact the ARTE editors?
Thanks in advance
I never saw it before.
Yes you did! It's item 25 in the 'Old Master' exhibition catalogue and described as 1934 untitled. Yopur copy looks better though.
And thanks a lot! Well, there is only so much space in my brain. I must have forgotten it with all the other new paintings that came to light in the last years.
Solved (sometimes it's so easy....)
Also I do not think it shows tattoos - it looks to me like a garment. I don't think garments like this existed in 1934 although they probably have since the 1960's. That means AC can now be regarded as a fashion designer 25 years ahead of his time in addition to his other accomplishments..
The poor quality of drawing in that painting makes me cringe, literally.
Royal academy it ain't (thankfully?) but those tattoos - if indeed they are tattoos - are better drawn than some actual tattoos you see these days! I quite like it, she looks very contemporary.
PS Peter Blake painted the same subject (a tattooed woman) a few decades later. He's the guy who designed the cover for Sgt Pep...well you all know.
The scarf reminds me of the yellow "Hare Krishna" scarves. I wonder if they were worn at the time.